From old banking halls to a floating restaurant, these are the best party venues in Leeds.
It’s an age-old dilemma – where can you hold your next big party in Leeds? It has to have the space, the style and all the extras, but most importantly, it has to impress – and these venues do. From undeniable wow factor to delicious food and a few unusual surprises, there’s a little something for everyone. So next time you’re planning a private party, try one of these.
One of the city’s most music-obsessed bars, Smokestack is alive with everything from jazz to soul, blues and reggae. But it’s also one of the best places to hold your private parties in Leeds. Head upstairs to The Roost, where they have space for up to 180 guests with comfy seats, neon lights and a stripped-back dance floor.
If you want to book the place out, it’s a £250 deposit to get started, which you’ll get back as long as you hit the minimum bar spend – that’s £750 from Sunday to Thursday and £900 on Fridays and Saturdays. They’ll need The Roost back for club nights at 10pm on Fridays and Saturdays, but Sunday to Thursday it’s all yours until 3am. There’s even the option to hire a DJ and get started on the dancing early.
Smokestack, 159a Lower Briggate, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS1 6LY.
Fancy a party on the water? You’re in luck, as the Kirkstall Flyboat is the perfect venue for a floating shindig. Eat, drink and be merry aboard this fully-licensed restaurant as you set off from Granary Wharf, heading south past Royal Armouries and on into the country or north to Armley Mills and beyond.
They can fit 44 people aboard, with prices starting from £12.50 per person for a 3-hour cruise. If you fancy a nibble, you can throw in afternoon tea on vintage bone china, roast dinners or a party buffet for £6.95 each – or push the boat out with a DJ for £110 and karaoke for an extra tenner.
Kirkstall Flyboat, 26 Canal Wharf, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS11 5PS.
If you want to blow your guests’ socks off, Shears Yard is the place to do it. This stunning venue was once an old warehouse, but it’s been transformed into a temple of stripped-back chic, with exposed brickwork, filament lights and even a poured concrete floor.
When it comes to private hire, you have three options. If you want to take the entire place and seat up to 90 guests, it’s only available on Mondays or weekday lunchtimes. Alternatively, you can speak to their events team to hire the bar for 50 standing or 32 seated guests, or the outdoor courtyard, which holds 50 guests.
Shears Yard, 11-15 Wharf Street, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS2 7EH.
Thackray Medical Museum
It’s best known as one of the city’s goriest museums, so it’s probably not the first thing that springs to mind when you’re planning private parties in Leeds, but Thackray Medical Museum might surprise you. In fact, they have a range of surprisingly intimate and unusual event spaces perfect for your next knees-up.
If you’re organising a children’s birthday party, you can choose between a Victorian experience or gross science experiments for up to 20 kids at £15 a pop, with food provided. Alternatively, if you wanted somewhere for a chilled drink reception, the Wilkinson Gallery can seat 24 guests in the lap of luxury. Surrounded by 600 ceramic apothecary jars from the 16th, 17th and 18th centuries, it’s sure to get tongues wagging. But it’s strictly price on application only, so book ahead.
Thackray Medical Museum, 141 Beckett Street, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS9 7LN.
The old Leeds City Tramways Office has been carefully restored and converted into a boutique hotel, but what you might not realise is that Malmaison also doubles as a party venue. They have all sorts of hidey-hole events spaces where you can celebrate with artfully prepared food, signature cocktails and a few glasses of bubbly.
If you’re looking for a small, intimate affair, try the Ticket Office. It’s tucked away behind Chez Mal, accessed through an ornate metal doorway, and seats up to 14 guests. Need more room? The Tramshed is a gorgeous hideaway that can seat up to 26 people. With hanging filament bulbs and luxurious red banquet seating, it’s ideal for a relaxed meal. Every event is different, so they’ll give quotes on request.
Malmaison, 1 Swinegate, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS1 4AG.
The Cross Keys
From the roaring fire to the exposed brickwork and the wooden tables, The Cross Keys is a classic country pub in the heart of Leeds. They’ve been pulling pints and serving hearty pub grub for more than 200 years, so when it comes to running private parties, they’ve got plenty of experience.
The scene for your shindig will be The James Watt Room upstairs. Softly lit, with exposed beams and long tables, you can fit up to 70 guests in here. And with a private bar in one corner, there’s never far to go for a pint. If you want to hire it out, it’s £100 Monday to Thursday, or £200 on Fridays and Saturdays, with the option to use their projector, big screen and sound system if you need it.
The Cross Keys, 107 Water Lane, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS11 5WD.
Thorpe Park is a luxurious hotel in East Leeds. They have their own spa, where you can treat yourself to a massage or relax in the hot tub, so it’s perfect if you’re planning an overnight stay with your party. But that’s not the only reason to put it on your shortlist.
From a small get-together to a prom night or a huge fundraising ball, Thorpe Park can do it all. Their centrepiece is the enormous Thorpe Suite, with a private reception area, bar and dance floor for up to 160 guests, but if you want something smaller, they also have the Gallery Suite, which seats up to 90 people. Prices start from £20.95 a head, with everything from a buffet to a three-course formal dinner on offer.
Thorpe Park Hotel and Spa, 1150 Century Way, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS15 8ZB.
Classic meets luxury at Aspire, as period features intermingle with cutting edge tech from top to bottom. Originally the site of Leeds’ first ever infirmary, it’s worn many hats in the centuries since, but a no-expense-spared restoration in 2007 has turned it into the premier hire venue it is today, just the thing for your private party.
Their events team will be on hand to make it happen, so if it’s stress-free party planning you want, this is the place to go. The space itself can hold anything from 2 to 1,000 guests, with the choice to hire their smaller Mezzanine area or the pièce de resistance, the Banking Hall, which comes complete with an onyx bar, 25-foot arched windows and marble tiling.
Aspire, 2 Infirmary Street, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS1 2JP.
For a real Jekyll and Hyde watering hole, The Reliance is the place to go. On the one hand, it’s a laid-back boozer where you can settle in with a cup of coffee and the day’s paper, but it also has an incredible restaurant where they cure their own meats and serve a creative menu of locally-sourced grub.
Upstairs, their events space lets you have the best of both worlds. In this exposed brick and whitewashed space, you can seat up to 24 people around two long tables, with your choice of a buffet or a set menu. There are loads of options here – the buffet could be a simple sandwich affair for £8 a head or an elaborate feast for £16 a head. And if you’re going for the set menu, it’s £21.50 for two courses or £28 for three, with dishes like hanger steak with polenta and Yorkshire blue on the table.
The Reliance, 76-78 North Street, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS2 7PN.
Town Street Tavern
One of Horsforth’s most popular locals, Town Street Tavern prides itself on serving up classic pub grub and quality ales. And you can bring the two together with one of their party packages, which will be served in their private space upstairs.
The dining room seats 40 guests and comes with its own private bar and bathroom – but that’s not even the best bit, because it’ll cost you just £50 to hire it out. The bar has eight cask ales and eight keg beers to choose from, along with an extensive wine & gin list, and you can indulge in their full food menu.
Town Street Tavern, 16-18 Town Street, Horsforth, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS18 4RJ.
Friends of Ham
A Leeds favourite, Friends of Ham has blossomed from a tiny bar to a city-centre staple, dishing out fine cheeses and charcuterie to the great and good of Leeds, all washed down with quality wines and beers. But did you know you can hire out their basement room for a private shindig?
Whether you’re after an evening of delicious food and drink with friends, or want to try something different with one of their corporate tutored tasting events, you can do it all. Their buffet of nibbles costs £12 per person, with seasonal meats, cheeses and olives, while the full-size evening buffet is £20 per head.
Friends of Ham, 4-8 New Station Street, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS1 5DL.
Leeds Town Hall
That’s right, the most iconic building in Leeds is available to hire for private parties. This Victorian Grade-I listed landmark dominates the city’s skyline, and it will capture your guests’ imagination too, if you decide to host your event here.
The Brodrick Suite can seat 40 guests in modern comfort, while the Albert Room will hold up to 100 guests and even comes with its own elevated balcony. But the mother of all event spaces is the Victoria Hall. One of the country’s finest concert spaces, you can throw a banquet for 400 people or a drinks reception for 1,200 people, all surrounded by breathtaking architecture, from marble columns to the full-size organ.
Leeds Town Hall, The Headrow, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS1 3AD.
Roxy Ball Room
Fancy a little competition with your party? From classic table tennis to pool, beer pong and crazy golf, Roxy Ball Room is the ultimate place to blow off some steam with a group of friends.
If you want to keep the activities all to yourself, book their VIP room. With space for between 10 and 50 guests, it comes equipped with pool, ping pong and a fully-stocked self-service fridge. It’ll cost you £35 per hour, and there’s also the option to add a buffet of finger food for £12.50 each. You’ll get a slew of nibbles, as well as three pizzas to share before the games begin.
Roxy Ball Room, Trinity Square, Boar Lane, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS1 6HW & 9a Merrion Street, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS1 6PQ.
Once the banking hall for the Leeds Permanent Building Society, Browns is an impressive venue with high ceilings and luxurious decor. Tucked away inside, they have a medley of private party spaces for you to choose from.
First up, The Heavens is an intimate space decked out in subtle blues and blacks, with banquet seating for 12 people. You can fit the same number of people into The Bank Manager’s Office, a huge room filled with ornate wood panelling. But if you have something a little bigger in mind, try The Dining Room. It seats 24 people on one long table surrounded by stone and ornate windows. All their party rooms are free to hire if you’re dining, and with seasonal treats like whole baked Somerset camembert or a braised blade of beef, why wouldn’t you?
Browns, 70-72 The Headrow, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS1 8EQ.
Tucked away in the heart of the University of Leeds campus, The Faversham is most famous for its club nights, but it has a lot more to offer. It’s actually a cracking place to hold a party, with loads of space and plenty of options.
There are three areas to choose from. The main room comes complete with a bar, a stage, a sound system and a private entrance. It can hold 100 people, as can The Conservatory, which comes with a terrace, a bar and a whole lot of fairy lights. Need something smaller? The Lounge can fit 40 people seated or 70 standing. Finally, there’s a separate large outdoor area for hire when the weather’s good too.
The Faversham, 1-5 Springfield Mount, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS2 9NG.
Restaurant Bar & Grill
Restaurant Bar and Grill is the perfect place for luxurious private parties in Leeds. The Old Post Office has been converted into a vast dining room full of cosy booths, mahogany tables and pendant lights. But what you might not realise is that they also have a series of private party spaces in their Leeds digs.
The Deal Room upstairs can seat up to 24 people in a relaxed and luxurious setting away from the other diners. They don’t charge to book, but there is a minimum spend depending on the day of the week, starting from £475 for lunch and £600 for dinner. Of course, if you need more space, there’s always the option to hire the rest of the mezzanine.
Restaurant Bar and Grill, The Old Post Office, 3 City Square, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS1 2AN.
For something totally out of the ordinary, try Church. It’s a Grade-II listed church that’s been transformed into a cutting-edge club and event space with a £200,000 renovation – and you can hire it out for your private parties.
Church is divided into two rooms, both equipped with the latest sound and lighting technology. The Chapel is more intimate, it’s decked out in 17th-century gothic architecture and holds up to 500 guests. But for a real showstopper, check out the main room. You can invite up to 850 guests to marvel at the original stained glass windows. Prices vary, so you’ll need to contact them directly.
Church, 177-179 Woodhouse Lane, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS2 3AR.
With views out across the city, Crafthouse is a popular spot for private parties. You can enjoy a few drinks on the terrace with up to 80 guests, before sitting down to dinner with half the restaurant to yourself – prices start from £1,500 minimum spend on food and drink.
Of course, if you’d rather keep it intimate, their Private Dining Room holds 16 people for a sit-down dinner or 30 people standing. There’s no charge to hire the room, you just have to leave a £10 deposit per person. If it’s a truly special occasion, why not go the whole hog and hire the entire restaurant? You’ll have space for 150 people to sit down for a delectable meal. The minimum spend is between £3,000 and £15,000, depending on the day of the week.
Crafthouse, Level 5, Trinity Leeds, 70 Boar Lane, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS1 6HW.
A secret cocktail bar with its own private party room? The Maven never fails to impress. Their unmarked doorway makes finding the venue tricky, but once inside, your guests will be won over by their pre-Prohibition swagger and unforgettable cocktails.
They have two rooms for you to choose from. Room 47 is a botanical-themed space named in honour of Monkey 47 gin – expect a tropical paradise packed with plants and unusual leafy decorations. Suitable for up to 60 guests standing, it comes fully equipped with a private bar. But if you’re after a sit-down meal, try the Green Room, a private dining space for 30 people to feast in cosy luxury. The price is a secret too, so get in touch to find out.
The Maven Restaurant, 1 Call Lane, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS1 7DH.
You can plan a totally different trip to the cinema with Everyman’s private hire options – you have a choice of five screens, alongside a bar and a rooftop terrace. With a dedicated events team, they can adapt their screens and their prices for everything from a birthday party to a product launch or business presentation.
Screen Five and a Half is perfect for kid-friendly festivities, with armchairs, bean bags and a library of DVDs. Alternatively, you could go with Screen Four. It’s an intimate ‘hunting lodge’, a cosy little hideaway that seats 79, with tartan wall coverings, leather chesterfields and even a stuffed stag’s head on the wall. Need more room? Screen Two has 230 seats and you can watch the latest blockbusters there.
Everyman Cinema, Trinity Leeds, Albion Street, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS1 5AT.
Northern Monk Brew Co.
Holbeck is home to one of the UK’s finest breweries in the form of Northern Monk. They produce everything from traditional session pale ales to Belgian-style beers and even full-bodied 9% Imperial stouts, which are served at their tap room on site. But upstairs, there’s another space waiting to be discovered.
The Chapter Hall is their top floor event space. Like the rest of the brewery, it’s been converted from the old flax mill into a modern drinking den with loads of character. They can cater for parties of all shapes and sizes, with the option to throw in brewery tours and tastings too. Packages cost between £2,200 and £5,000 depending on your itinerary.
Northern Monk Brew Co., Marshall Street, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS11 9YJ.
A pool hall-cum-pub, Parkside Tavern is one of Leeds’ most popular and laid-back nightspots. Here, you can shoot a few games of pool while you tuck into a menu of stonebaked pizzas, with toppings like chicken and chorizo or goat’s cheese with red onion and rocket.
If you’re after a private party, the Tudor Lounge upstairs is all yours. There’s space for between 30 and 150 people, complete with a private bar, a roof terrace and a 9-foot Sam K steel pool table. If you want to feed your guests, they’ll be only too happy to build their pizzas into your package. This is the perfect place to go in the summer when the terrace really comes into its own.
Parkside Tavern, St Johns House, Merrion Street, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS2 8JE.
New Craven Hall
Chic meets industrial at New Craven Hall. They’ve transformed an old warehouse into a blank canvas that you can turn into your dream party space. The original metal beams, bare brick walls and neutral hues create the perfect base – just add your own decorations to create a place that feels your own.
Looking to hire the venue? They can cater to weddings, corporate dos and everything in between, with space for up to 200 guests. It has an enormous main hall, a bar off to the side, and a cute little outdoor yard with vintage patio furniture. Prices vary depending on what you need, so just get in touch to discuss your requirements.
New Craven Hall, Unit 2, Fairfield House, New Craven Gate, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS11 5NF.
Freedom Mills is a Victorian warehouse that’s been transformed into one of Leeds’ best event spaces. For really kick-ass private parties, you can book the place out, with quirky curved stone arches, exposed brickwork and blank walls. In the past, they’ve hosted everything from club nights to art installations, street food markets and yoga classes, so you can pretty much let your imagination run wild.
In total, this cavernous space holds up to 500 guests. Exclusive hire starts at £250, and there’s space for bands on the stage, exhibits dotted about the rooms or street food vendors available from £5 a head. Want to add a DJ too? Equipment starts from £100, going up to £8,000.
Freedom Mills, Unit 2, Aire Place Mills, 143 Kirkstall Road, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS3 1JL.
With 10 different rooms to choose from, the Royal Armouries is the ultimate party destination. It’s a popular choice with big businesses because they can hold a huge number of guests – but that doesn’t mean you can’t do something a little more intimate here.
They can cater for anything from 8 to 1,500 people, and their events organisers are on hand to help with all the details. The Hunting Gallery offers sit-down private dining for 8 to 40 guests surrounded by antique rifles and artwork. Alternatively, big companies can go all-out with the entire New Dock Hall, which holds between 300 and 1,500 in a sprawling room with its own private bar.
Royal Armouries, Armouries Drive, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS10 1LT.
Lambert’s Yard is a flexible, multi-functional venue in a building that’s absolutely packed with history – which makes it a pretty awesome place to hold a party. Expect exposed brickwork, industrial fittings and a bright, airy space.
You can hire their first and second floor spaces separately, or together. The first floor is the larger of the two, dubbed The Showroom, and can seat 110 diners or hold 150 people standing. You can combine it with the second floor Gallery Bar to add drinks and a buffet, with prices starting from £220 an hour, or £325 for the day. They’ll set everything up for you, from the bar to the food, the sound system and the decorations.
Lambert’s Yard, 162-163 Lower Briggate, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS1 6LY.
Salute at The White Swan
If you’re looking for a stunning space for your private parties in Leeds, Rothwell’s rustic Italian joint Salute at The White Swan is a top choice. Full of wood panelling, cosy dining and traditional dishes like lasagne al forno and slow-cooked pork shoulder, it’s got an atmosphere to savour.
Their private hire space is known as The Cygnet Suite, and it comes with your own personal events coordinator to make sure it runs smoothly. It can accommodate up to 26 people for family get-togethers and business conferences, with a plasma TV to boot, all starting at £25 a head.
Salute at The White Swan, Church Street, Rothwell, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS26 0QL.
A former brewery that’s been transformed into a cultural hub, The Tetley is an iconic Leeds venue. The stunning art deco building retains many of its original features, which makes it a great shout for private parties.
There are four different spaces to choose from. Both the Board Room and the Imperial Room offer an intimate private dinner experience – the former is £425 a day and seats 16 people, while the latter is £150 with space for up to 10 people. If you need something bigger, you can fit up to 30 people into their City Workshop for £475 or 90 people into the South Bank Room for £650. They’ll be only too happy to show you around the space and help you plan your event – it’s all part of the service.
The Tetley, Hunslet Road, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS10 1JQ.
If you’re after a more relaxed atmosphere for your party, why not check out The Box? This bustling bar is a hotspot for sports fans with enormous TVs throughout, alongside two full-size, 21-foot Maplewood European shuffleboard tables. They have the city’s first Budvar tank, unpasteurised and shipped directly from the Czech Republic, alongside an extensive cocktail menu.
If you fancy a game, you can book the raised area around the shuffleboard tables, with space for 40 people, or escape the hustle and bustle with their two private rooms downstairs. The building was once a bank, so you can hole up in the comfy Strong Room with an electronic dartboard and space for 30 people, or head to The Vault, a luxury-lined basement room with its own private bar, designed for up to 40 guests. All their areas are free to hire, subject to a minimum spend, which you’ll work out with them directly.
The Box, Infirmary Street, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS1 2JD.
Calling all wine-lovers! If you want to settle in for a night of the best wine this side of the Pennines, there’s nowhere better than Veeno. This popular city bar pours out the vintages six days a week, and now you can sample them in style thanks to the private hire room at their Wellington Place venue.
Dubbed ‘The Tasting Room’, this cosy corner seats up to 12 people around an aged wooden table, where you can educate your palate with the finest wines from Veeno’s family vineyard in Sicily. If you get peckish, their traditional spuntini is to die for. There’s no charge to hire the tasting room, just card authentication or a £5 refundable deposit.
Veeno, 5 Wellington Place, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS1 4AJ.
How many people can say they’ve held a party in a Grade II*-listed former church? At Left Bank you can. Formerly St Margaret of Antioch, it’s now a buzzing community space with an incredible vaulted hall. From yoga to creative workshops and weddings, they do it all, with a dedicated events team on-hand to help.
Left Bank can hold anywhere between 50 and 300 guests depending on the size of your group. When you arrive, you’ll be met with classic decorations, fairy lights and linen-dressed tables, with a PA system and a bar that’s open until midnight. Feel free to bring your own props, caterers or musicians, and you’ll even get a free drink on arrival. They offer bespoke packages tailored to each event, so prices depend on what you want to organise, and they have an event manager on hand to personally guide you through the whole process.
Left Bank, St Margaret of Antioch Church, Cardigan Road, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS6 1LJ.
Tucked away under the railway bridge at the end of Call Lane, it’s easy to miss The Backroom. But if you want to send your party back in time, be sure to seek it out. This 20s-style speakeasy is filled with nooks and crannies – expect wood panelling, statement light fittings and exposed brickwork.
If you’re looking to hire a space for a rocking party, their downstairs bar can squeeze in 150 guests. There’s no hire fee, just a £250 deposit which you’ll get back the Monday after. They can organise everything from DJs to canapés and even a magician, to help make your night special.
The Backroom, 50a Call Lane, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS1 6DT.
Oracle has a whole range of private hire spaces, all under one roof. Spread across two floors, you can choose between their bright, open downstairs bar and the ever-popular club upstairs to create a night that’s perfect for your party.
There’s no hire fee on the ground floor bar, which can fit 250 guests, but they do have a minimum spend that changes depending on the day you book. Outside, the terrace comes with stunning views over the River Aire and outdoor heating for up to 150 guests. But if you really want to get the party started, head to the first floor for Oracle’s 350-guest private hire nightclub. It has a dance floor, a DJ booth and a bar, with a minimum spend of £750.
Oracle Bar, 3 Brewery Place, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS10 1NE.
When it comes to private dining in Leeds, Ibérica has it down to a fine art, with a versatile restaurant that can fit as many or as few guests as needed. Throw in their stunning tapas, from jamón Ibérico to fried chorizo lollipops, and you’ve got yourself a party.
If it’s a full-company affair, you can hire the entire restaurant, which seats 140. Alternatively, the private Hepper Room can cater for 28 seated guests or 50 standing. You can also book out La Bodega, their secluded basement wine bar, with space for up to 60 guests and 70 Spanish wines to try. There’s no charge for room hire, but there’s a minimum spend of £600 or more and a 50% deposit is required a week in advance.
Iberica, 17a East Parade, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS1 2BH.
Tucked away above Crafthouse, Angelica has kept the flag flying for glamorous private parties in Leeds since they opened. Their floor-to-ceiling windows look out over the rooftops, so you can watch the sunset over your celebrations.
But why stay inside? Angelica’s wraparound roof terrace is available for hire for anything for between 20 and 160 guests. You’ll also get a dedicated space inside, so your guests can wander in and out. There’s no charge, just a minimum spend of £1,500. And if you want to hire out the entire bar, it’s a cool £3,000.
Angelica, Level 6, Trinity Leeds, 70 Boar Lane, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS1 6HW.
At Chaophraya, you can enjoy a birthday party, corporate do or even kick off your stag party with a delicious spread in their private dining space. This luxurious hideaway puts everyone around one long wooden table, with traditional sunken seating, Thai statues and a glass window running the length of the room.
It can fit 10 to 18 guests, and you’ll get your own dedicated waiter to bring you beer, wine and cocktails, before tucking into a range of classic Thai grub from the menu. There’s no charge, but you’ll need to give them a few weeks notice, and groups over 11 will need to order from the banquet menu.
Chaophraya, 20a Blayds Court, Swinegate, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS1 4AG.
The Queens Hotel
Party hosts for over 80 years, The Queens Hotel has a ton of experience to make sure your shindig goes with a bang. Whether it’s an intimate dinner with friends or a corporate blowout, this 1930s landmark can cater for groups of all shapes and sizes.
For private hire events in their huge dining room, you can bring up to 500 guests, and choose between their silver package at £29 per head or their gold package for £40 a head. Both come with a three-course meal and drinks reception, with the option to upgrade the drinks, accessories and dance floor for a truly unforgettable night.
The Queens Hotel, City Square, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS1 1PJ.
The Midnight Bell
Tucked away in Holbeck, you’ll find The Midnight Bell, a relaxed and welcoming pub with a top-notch line-up of Leeds Brewery beers and a full wine list. It’s a traditional drinking hole with loads of style, which makes it the perfect place to hold private parties in Leeds.
You have three options. You can hire the enormous courtyard out the back for BBQs or put up a marquee for up to 200 guests. Want something smaller? George’s Piano Room has space for 60 guests buffet-style or 40 seated, PA hire and the piano are all available too if you need them, while the snug promises a cosy, free-to-rent space by the bar with a log-burning fire and space for up to 18 people.
The Midnight Bell, 101 Water Lane, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS11 5QN.
Water Lane Boathouse
When it comes to enjoying a view with your pint, Water Lane Boathouse has it nailed. Perched right on the Leeds Liverpool Canal, this ever-popular boozer was originally a canal warehouse, so their relaxed outdoor area is second to none, with benches as far as the eye can see.
If you want to carve out your own spot, head upstairs to their private party space. It has the same picturesque views over the water, with comfy seating and your own private bar. And if you get hungry, the pizzas from their Small Victories bakery are to die for.
Water Lane Boathouse, Water Lane, Canal Wharf, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS11 5PS.
Dirty Martini promises a tantalising array of cocktails, with no less than 15 weird and wonderful martinis for you to choose from. It’s a cool, stylish bar that comes alive after dark, and they have their own private space for you to hold your party.
The Martini Lounge is a glamorous hideaway upstairs that you can make your own. It can fit 70 guests and comes with its own bar and waitress service if you need it. They don’t charge you to hire it, instead there’s a minimum spend limit on food and drink, which ranges from £500 to £1,750 depending on the day of the week.
Dirty Martini, Atlas House, 31 King Street, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS1 2HL.
A building packed with history, The Griffin pub started life as a railway hotel back in 1872. These days, it’s best known for cold beer and hot food, but you can still get a sense of the history in their private hire space, The Tunnel Room.
This intimate drinking space is tucked away at the far end of the pub. With space for up to 50 guests, it’s been designed to look like a circular train station waiting room, with period artwork on the walls, candle-lit tables and white station tiles on the curved ceiling. You’d be hard pressed to find a more unusual place for a private party in Leeds. There’s no hire charge, but they do have a minimum spend on food and drink.
The Griffin, Boar Lane, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS1 5DA.
Mook is best known as a boogy bar, flooded with toe-tapping music from opening ’til close. Indie hits, ’50s swing, pop anthems and club classics, they’re all here, alongside a cracking cocktail menu. And if you want a space to yourself, they can do that too.
Mook’s private hire room is just off the main area and you’ll have your own doorman to keep it exclusive to you. You can entertain up to 100 people here, and it comes with its own bar, barman, a private loo and a late license right up to 4am. All of this will set you back £150 on Saturday nights, with half up front as a deposit, or £100 the rest of the week – and there’s even the option to throw in a DJ for an extra £150.
Mook, Hirst’s Yard, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS1 6NJ.
The Adelphi has long been a popular boozer in Leeds, with a down-to-earth atmosphere, a wide range of craft ales and a menu of classic pub grub. And you can hold your party here, surrounded by classic Victorian architecture, from polished brass plaques to carved wood and etched glass.
There are three different spaces to choose from. The main function room is the biggest – it fits up to 100 guests with a private bar, a projector screen and space for a live band. The second holds 50 people, and also has its own bar, while the last is an intimate, 25-person affair.
The Adelphi, 305 Hunslet Road, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS10 1JQ.
If you want to get really crazy with your private party, look no further than Cuckoo. This bonkers bar is awash with eye-catching colour from the moment you step through the door, with neon signs, hand-painted murals and even a Narnia-style doorway to the loos.
But it’s upstairs where the real magic happens, with private event space The Fairground Rooms. Split into three parts, you can entertain anywhere between 20 and 500 guests here. There are two fairground-themed rooms, complete with waltzers and carousel horses, alongside a secret rooftop gin garden. With freshly cooked pizza and crazy cocktails, this is one private party you’ll never forget.
Cuckoo, 37 Call Lane, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS1 7BT.
O2 Academy Leeds
O2 Academy Leeds is a Grade-I listed building and the regular stomping group for the world’s biggest bands, from Ellie Goulding to Kendrick Lamar and Slayer. But it could play host to your private event too, with the option to hire the venue.
The main arena holds 2,300 people standing or 1,800 seated, so it’s ideally suited to product launches, awards ceremonies and even blowout Christmas parties. Prices begin at £10,000 for the night, but that includes a stage, 3 bars and AV equipment. If you want something a little more manageable, their Underground room holds 400 with its own bar and staircase for easy access.
O2 Academy Leeds, 55 Cookridge Street, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS2 3AW.
BrewDog North Street
If you want to add a little friendly competition to your next party, BrewDog on North Street is the perfect place to do it. At the bar, you’ll find all your favourite BrewDog beers of varying potency, as well as a raft of craft brews from all around the world.
But the real game-changer comes when you head downstairs to your private space. There, you’ll find three 22-foot shuffleboard tables, polished and ready for you and your friends to play. If you want exclusive use, you’ll need to hire the whole bar, which they’re happy to negotiate on a case-by-case basis depending on your party size.
BrewDog North Street, Crispin House, New York Road, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS2 7PF.
Lamb & Flag
Just a couple of steps from the splendour of Leeds Minster, the Lamb & Flag is a relaxed watering hole filled with 19th-century charm. It combines exposed brickwork with oak beams, high ceilings, huge windows, and of course, a cracking pint of Leeds Brewery’s finest.
Their boardroom downstairs holds up to 35 guests for a buffet lunch, with private doors to the stone courtyard outside. There’s no charge Monday to Thursday, but it’s £80 on Fridays and Saturdays. Alternatively, their first-floor private hire space includes a bar and balcony, with space for 100 guests standing or 55 seated. Prices start from £120, but they’ll waive the hire cost if you’re all eating.
Lamb and Flag, 1 Church Row, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS2 7HD.
The Lost & Found
Treat yourself to a dose of Victorian-inspired splendour at The Lost & Found, a bar famed for its hand-crafted cocktails and delectable eats. Their Albion Street is a rabbit’s warren of hidden spaces and private rooms, perfect for celebrations.
You can keep things sedate in the Lounge, with space for 30 people just off the main bar, or book the Parlour for a group of eight people and enjoy being waited on hand and foot. The Boardroom is perfect for 40-strong get-togethers with a buffet, but the jewel in The Lost & Found’s crown is the Secret Bar, a jungle-themed drinking den with a tropical decor and its own bar.
The Lost and Found, 3 Albion Place, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS1 6JL.
Leeds Postal Service
Leeds Postal Service is a quirky watering hole from the guys behind Lazy Lounge. It takes inspiration from the work floor of a mail sorting office and is split into three parts – a bottle shop out front, the stripped-back main bar area behind it and a private Postmaster General’s Office out the back – it’s the latter that you can hire out for your private parties in Leeds.
There’s space for up to 80 people, with cosy sofas, games consoles, a dartboard and even a vintage pinball machine. And of course, a full selection of craft beer, rare bourbon and Northern Bloc ice cream to tuck into all evening long. There’s no cost to hire it, and no minimum spend. What could be better for a private night out?
Leeds Postal Service, West Point, Wellington Street, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS1 4JY.
It’s one of the most famous bars in Leeds, a bustling nightspot in the heart of the city’s LGBTQ+ quarter, but what you might not realise is that it also has its own private event space tucked away above the bar.
The Penthouse oozes class from the first moment, as you’re greeted at the door and shown to a curtain-enclosed booth by your own personal host. Exclusive hire won’t cost you a penny between Sunday and Wednesday, with minimum spends of £500 applying on Thursdays and Fridays, and £750 on Saturdays.
Bar Fibre, 168 Lower Briggate, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS1 6LY.
Revolution Electric Press
The official vodka bar, Revolution has become a household name, not just here in Leeds, but across the country. They have two bars in Leeds, but when it comes to private parties, it’s all about their Electric Press venue.
You can hire out their private space, The Disco Bar, any day of the week. It has space for 60 guests seated or 150 standing, so you can celebrate with drinks, a scrumptious buffet or a sit-down meal. Prices start from £200 for the smallest section and you’ll even get exclusive use of the dance floor into the early evening.
Revolution Electric Press, Millennium Square, 41 Cookridge Street, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS2 3AW.